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Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

An Associated Press investigation into the invisible workforce of millions of laborers toiling in the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia found many of them suffering from various forms of exploitation — the most serious including child labor, outright slavery and allegations of rape.

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Long lines of mourners pay respects to Ginsburg at court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court in front of grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

Sports

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970.

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Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smear

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has told the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders that his country is being wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain, and defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest.

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AP-NORC poll: Views of economy stabilize as election nears

A new poll finds that most Americans view the nation’s economic situation as bleak.

National & International

Analysis: Quirky or serious, legal opinions guide officials

Can a Mississippi school district give financial rewards to students who do well on college entrance exams.

National & International

Trump declares Sally a major disaster for 3 Alabama counties

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in three Alabama counties battered by Hurricane Sally.

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New California law expands tax credit for immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law giving tax breaks to more immigrants.

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California paid leave law among nation’s broadest

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take time off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their job.

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University of Washington student sues for tuition refund

A graduate student at the University of Washington filed a lawsuit demanding tuition reimbursement after the school shifted most of its classes online for the remainder of the year.

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Plan calls for more testing of people without virus symptoms

Kansas officials are considering spending $50 million to dramatically ramp up testing of people who aren’t showing obvious signs of the coronavirus.

National & International

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

A former longtime Illinois state legislator has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

National & International

Illinois AG: Former ITT students to get $9.4M in debt relief

The Illinois attorney general says students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in the state are eligible for $9.4 million in student loan forgiveness.

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Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

An Idaho committee on Tuesday approved spending $150 million to help educate students.

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Illinois legislator hit with federal tax charge resigns

Illinois state Sen. Terry Link who was hit last month with federal charge of filing a false income tax return for 2016 has resigned after 24 years in the Legislature.